Kids Church Families-

Happy November! I hope you are spending some time breathing in the fresh crisp air, taking walks, marveling at the beautiful fall colors, and enjoying some time together as a family. Last month we talked about emotions and specifically about emotions and behaviors that tempt us this time of year like depression and numbing out. We also talked about some of the antidotes such as prayer, gratitude, etc.

Call us predictable, but this November we are going to focus on gratitude! Have you ever wondered why each Sunday we take time for a moment of gratitude? Have you seen this in our weekly CrossRoads e-newsletters? Well, it's not because we like to say the same thing over and over, it's actually brain science! Brain science that is really important and has the ability to literally change the make-up of our brains. In fact this practice can even help us to connect with God more effectively, which is why, if you haven't guessed already, we begin our services with a moment of gratitude each week.

We are taught in the bible to renew our mind, to think of things that are good and true and pure and lovely, we are told to rejoice always, and to go to God with thanksgiving- to name a few, but why? God is the one who created us, He intimately formed us in our mother's womb and He knows exactly how our bodies operate. He knew that the brokenness of this world would cause brokenness in our thoughts so He gave us a way to fight against brokenness and repair damage. Isn't that incredible?!

In order for each of us to practice having gratitude, this month at our family resource table, near the Kids Church check-in computers, we are offering you a free resource to utilize as a family. Be sure to stop by the table and grab your FREE gratitude resource!

Other ways to increase this skill include thinking of and/or journaling three things you're grateful for each day and spending time in prayer, intentionally thanking God for all He has done and given to you- maybe if you're brave, even thanking Him for the hard things. Spending time intentionally being grateful not only feels good in the moment but actually has a way of creating new pathways in our brain. These pathways allow us to create a new normal of joy and make it easier to rebound from hard emotions back to joy.

Want to learn more about what happens in your brain when you exercise gratitude? Check out this article.

Thank you for allowing us to serve your family. Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for entrusting us with your children each week. Thank you, I am grateful for you. :)

Tiffany Johnsrud

Kids Church Director

CrossRoads @
Western Dubuque Highschool
Sunday, December 22 9:30 AM
*more information to come


CrossRoads
Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 24
at Western Dubuque Highschool
*more information to come
**The Kids Church Christmas Film will be shown.
ALL KIDS CHURCH

November 10 - December 8
"And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." -John 14:27

**Note, the red portion is the memory verse for children birth to pre-k.


Feeling lost? Have no fear! We've got your back, be sure to add yourself to our Facebook Pages to stay connected: CrossRoads Kids Church page and CrossRoads Church Peosta page . If you are interest in our CrossRoads weekly e-newsletter or would like texting notifications contact [email protected]

With sickness going around again, please keep in mind our wellness policy. If your child has been ill in the last 24 hours, please keep them with you in order to stop the spreading of illness. Thank you!




For students in need @ Peosta Elementary School
Bring your new/used items to the Kids Church check-in on Sunday mornings or to the Intersection, 14868 West Ridge Dubuque, IA 52002 M-R 8a-3p



Giving Spotlight


All giving for this month will go towards filling gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child.



NURSERY & TODDLERS (0-2's)
You are loved & safe!
Please be sure to take a pager each week. Due to CrossRoads hands-off policy, we will page you if your child needs to use the restroom during class.
Please remember that your child will stay in this classroom until their third birthday. If you have any questions or concerns please contact [email protected]
The 2's room enjoys a snack each week. If your child is unable to have goldfish, please tell the classroom teacher.
CrossRoads Diaper Tags are now available! Pick one up at your classroom check-in table on Sunday mornings.
3's & PRE-K (4 up to K)
God loves you & His Word is for you!
This month the students will be learning from 1 Samuel, 1 Kings, and Daniel. They will be learning that God is POWERFUL, He will help us, and that He uses us to show others about Him.
Please remember that your child will stay in the three's room until their fourth birthday, then they will move up to the Pre-K classroom. Children remain in the Pre-K classroom until they enter Kindergarten in the fall. If you have any questions or concerns please contact [email protected]
K3 (K-3rd Grade)
God wants to have a relationship with you!
This month we will be learning from the series On a Mission - For the Son of Man Came to Seek and Save Those Who are Lost. This teaching series will go through the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Doing some fall cleaning? Have something lying around you want to donate to the prize table? Books, bibles, DVDs, small toys, etc? Contact [email protected]
Don't forget, the first week of each month is PRIZE WEEK!
SAVE THE DATE
November 17th/November 24th - The K3 group will be making Christmas ornaments in class.
December 13th - 5:30-8 PM, 3rd-5th grade girls Christmas cookie decorating party @ The Intersection (CrossRoads offices) 14868 West Ridge Dr. Dubuque, IA 52002. Girls will decorate sugar cookies to be given to their classmates the following Sunday.
December 8th - The K3+Forty5 class will hang their ornaments on the Christmas trees during service. *please make sure your child is present by 9:35.
December 15th - during Kids Church, the 3rd-5th grade girls will serve the cookies they decorated to their classmates during class and enjoy a special teaching from Pastor Jon on the Plan of Action for Believers and communion.
FORTY5 (4th-5th Grade)
Your relationship with God is worth sharing!
The FORTY5 program follows the adult teaching, our current teaching series is on the Gospel of John - So That You May Believe.
Upcoming meeting dates
(during service):
November 3rd
November 17th
December 1st
December 15th
SAVE THE DATE
November 3rd/November 17th - The FORTY5 group will be making Christmas ornaments in class.
December 13th - 5:30-8 PM, 3rd-5th grade girls Christmas cookie decorating party @ The Intersection (CrossRoads offices) 14868 West Ridge Dr. Dubuque, IA 52002. Girls will decorate sugar cookies to be given to their classmates the following Sunday.
December 8th - The K3+Forty5 class will hang their ornaments on the Christmas trees during service. *please make sure your child is present by 9:35.
December 15th - during Kids Church, the 3rd-5th grade girls will serve the cookies they decorated to their classmates during class and enjoy a special teaching from Pastor Jon on the Plan of Action for Believers and communion.
PRAYER POINT

This month let's pray that the Lord would increase the gratitude in our hearts.

Jesus, we pray that you would give us your eyes to see things the way you see them. We pray that when we look at people we would see them the way you see them. Lord, would you help us and our children to slow down and have hearts filled with gratitude this month. Thank you for everything you've done for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. .
Meet Jeremy Goodall!

Volunteer Area: K3 - Kindergarten to 3rd grade
Hometown: St. Albert, Canada, my wife and I moved to the Dubuque area in 2015
Favorite Doughnut: Boston Cream!
Secret Talent: Cooking!

If they had $20 to spend on anything: 20 packs of sour patch kids! I love me some sour!
Favorite way to relax: Watching football with some good food.
Favorite Bible Verse/Life Quote: Psalm 23. Dan Allison had a sermon one Sunday where he mentioned that he has a laminated copy of this Psalm in his shower. Now EVERY SINGLE TIME I'm in the shower, this verse pops into my mind and I recite it to myself over and over.
Questions
Contact our Kids Church Team!
[email protected]

Tiffany Johnsrud, Director
[email protected]


Christin Smith, Administrator
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